The local custom of smashing your drinking cup after you have drained it of alcohol still remains in some Chinese regions – it is supposed to show a bold, heroic spirit. But the tradition has had fatal consequences after the death of a 17-year old in North China's Hebei Province. The young man, who has not been named, went to a local drinking festival, where he downed, in succession, nine cups of baijiu, a popular, but very strong, type of Chinese grain alcohol. He collapsed, and his heart stopped before the ambulance could arrive. His family has reported his death to local police, and plan to sue the drink seller and festival organizer for providing alcohol to a minor. Netizens said that the young man's family should also bear some responsibility for failing to tell him that being good at drinking has no relationship with being brave, bold, or having a heroic spirit.